The construction of Light Rail Transit Line 1 extension from Parañaque to Cavite has been pushed back to October this year due to right-of-way (ROW) issues, private operator Light Rail Manila Corp. (LRMC) said Wednesday.
“‘Pag tinurnover sa ‘min ‘yung right-of-way mag-start na kami. I think ‘yung sa side ng ROW one almost mga 70 percent siya clear. So tingin namin is parang baka feasible ‘yung October,” LRMC president and CEO Juan Alfonso told GMA News Online.
Alfonso has said the construction is targeted to start sometime in the middle of 2018.
The right-of-way issues will be segmented into three areas, with the first area now 70-percent cleared.
“Ongoing siya, about ... siguro mga nasa 70 percent na ‘yung ROW one. Included kasi do’n properties and utilities na relocation,” he said.
“Problema sa ROW kasi is may mga private lots. Mga ROW one, mostly government lots. ‘Pag may private lots, meron pang process ‘yan na sinusunod para may ROW,” he Alfonso noted.
LRMC seeks to extend the mass rail system’s reach with eight new stations spread along 11 kilometers through Parañaque, Las Piñas, and Bacoor.
The new stations are:
- Manila International Airport
- Asia World
- Ninoy Aquino along the east lane of Ninoy Aquino Bridge over the Parañaque River
- Dr. Santos along the south lane of Dr. Santos Road
- Las Piñas
“‘Yung construction, matatapos siya 2022—‘yung full system. Hanggang Sucat ... siguro 2021,” Alfonso said. —VDS, GMA News